Dec 25, 2012 2:05am PST
you had no idea? >> i had no idea. >> reporter: back in newtown, connecticut, the community is shining bright with these. so santa can find his way. lindsay davis, abc news, new york. >> i love that. the 26 lights and also what you're seeing a lot of folks do, talk about, the 26 random acts of kindness. one act in honor of each victim killed inside the school. picking up some steam, you see some stuff in social media about that. also cool, the whole newtown police force gets to be off today and spend christmas with their family because all the other cops from around the state of connecticut said, go home and be with your family. that's so great to hear. they need mental, physical and emotional time off. >> you hear from so many families. they say your priorities change immediately. you don't have a home this holiday. what are you supposed to do? >> as we open our gifts this morning, keep the sandy folks and newtown folks in your head and in your heart today, for sure. >>> also with the holiday message, pope ben tikt xvi expressed his concern. the pope opened that service with a traditi
Dec 24, 2012 5:30pm PST
on this christmas eve directed at newtown, connecticut, site, of course, of the tragedy at sandy hook. the overwhelming response summed up by one local who said, quote, there were nine minutes of evil and an infinity of goodness after that. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: a town in need of christmas cheer got it from across the country. in sparta, wisconsin, we saw these 26 snow angels, each for the innocent lives lost in newtown, each with a name and an age. from kalamazoo, michigan, 700 bracelets from a local business and from students, headed to newtown. flower seeds inside each of those smiley faces for the community to wear and plant. and for the newtown police department? officers around connecticut banding together, volunteering to work on christmas day so every newtown officer can have the day off with their family. and at their town hall, mountains of donated toys from all corners of the country, even hurricane sandy victims sending comfort and kindness from what little they have left. >> we had so much help, we wanted to pay it forward and try to help somebody else.
Dec 24, 2012 4:00pm PST
of newtown, connecticut is very difficult holiday season. >> with not many hours left to go there is a quite a christmas eve shopping frenzy. many of last minute shoppers are men. we'll hear from those men coming up. >> carolyn: imagine that. happy holiday getaway for this injured california sea lion at mammal center. injured no more. >> dan: there is not much time left for shopping. and mad rush is on. >> carolyn: wouldn't you know it many of the shoppers are men. business and technology reporter david louie is tracking their moves for us. >> reporter: and i would be smug and say i got all my shopping done but they need to get the presents under tree. some of the major malls are closing at 6:00. we've already seen some stores already closed. >> you can tell from the long lines at the checkout stands and from the volume of cars pulling into the mall there is a lot of last minute shopping under way. >> i found out there is christmas tomorrow. i have a little shopping. >> but the shoppers are mostly men on christmas eve. >> are you giving me a hard time waiting for the last minute. >> reporter
Dec 25, 2012 4:00am PST
very near and dear to your heart, archbishop, the town of newtown, connecticut. >> until a few months ago, i was the bishop there. and visited newtown many times. the news struck home in a deep and personal way. when you know the community and you know some of the people. i probably confirmed some of the siblings of those children. the pastor there, and the two priests, are my former colleagues. so, you really feel what they're going through. >> i've had a lot of people ask me on twitter, actually, people pointing out in these times, people do tend to turn to god and to faith. and it becomes the bedrock. what are your congregations saying about this? and what are you telling them? >> well, you know, hurt is significant. fear, significant. but to say, hey, god's promises really are like the stars at night. they shine brightest when it's darkest. when you have faith, the person who has the significant why, can bear what comes. >> it takes something like this to get us to pray, to get us to church and talk about him. people are learning more about commandos, killing commandos, than god's